The foreign ministry is seeking the repatriation of seven Taiwanese nationals arrested in Cambodia on charges of telecom fraud.
Cambodian police on Monday arrested 31 telecom fraud suspects, of whom seven are from Taiwan. The foreign ministry said its representative office in Cambodia is seeking repatriation of the Taiwanese nationals on grounds of nationality jurisdiction.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Eleanor Wang said Thursday that her office assured the Cambodian government that criminals will not be punished lightly in Taiwan.
Wang said, We have continuously stressed to the Cambodian authorities that we have tougher penalties for telecom fraud. We pay a lot of attention to cases of Taiwanese nationals who are involved in illegal practices abroad. We hope to promote international cooperation to crack down on cross-border fraud.
Cambodian police were able to crack the fraud ring because of a tip from a source in China. Most victims in the fraud case are Chinese. There is a likely chance that all 31 suspects will be sent to China for prosecution, with Chinese authorities claiming jurisdiction.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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